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Carter: We want to keep on progressing

Jess Carter says her recent England call up has given her added motivation to perform well for Chelsea.

Carter has started the Blues opening two fixtures this season and her recent performances were rewarded with an England call-up for the Lionesses two recent World Cup qualifiers.

It is now back to club action for Carter and her Chelsea team-mates as the Blues take on Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village this afternoon and Carter has targeted more success with club and country.

She said: ‘I’ve worked hard with Chelsea to try and get into a stronger position, so I was excited to be called up.

‘It was probably one of the camps I’ve enjoyed the most. With the new manager, I was learning with the team and we came together and won the first two games.

‘Now that I’ve had a taste of it, it’s made me want to do more and be more than just a part of the squad. It’s about what I can do next, what can I do to break into the team.’

Carter was deployed at right-back last season, but the 23-year-old has played in a Chelsea back three for our opening fixtures against Arsenal and Everton and Carter says she is relishing the challenge of adapting to a slightly different role.

She added: ‘It’s a different role than I’ve had. We’ve only played a few games together, but we are starting to really gel together.

‘Last year I was playing at right-back and this season I’ve been playing in a back three. It’s different, I’m learning a new role and playing with different players in a different formation.

‘It is different, but we must learn to adapt quickly and work together to do that.

‘We didn’t get off to a good start, but we managed to bounce back against Everton. We are in a good place at the moment, and we want to keep on progressing.’

Sunday's fixture at Manchester United kicks-off at 12.30pm and will be available to watch live on BBC Two. 

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